These images are from a project called In My Skin about young people under 25 in the UK who are challenging their body image.
I am looking at those who have had or are considering having cosmetic surgery in order to become more acceptable to themselves and achieve their ideal of being "beautiful."
Social consensus in Western society today is particularly focused on physical beauty and achieving and maintaining the "perfect" face and body.
Intertwined with this I am also documenting body dysmorphia as young people try to conform to this social expectation, resulting in eating disorders and body transformation.
Lastly, I am documenting transgenderism and the struggle young people have to live within a body they were born into but have no affiliation with.
— Michelle Sank
documents the day-to-day mischief of tough kids from Biskupice — a "rusty-with-ill-reputation industrial district" in Southern Poland. These could be characters in a film.
Photographs, archives and found materials explore people and places existing on the margins of society at large, posing questions that may be impossible to answer.
As a result of the global economic crisis, 10 year-old Andrei's father was fired from his job in Romania, and his mother moved to Italy to find work. As the months passed, this separation took its toll. The absence of Andrei's mother, combined with his father’s alcohol abuse, became increasingly tough to bear — this is his story.
Heroic photographic portraits that question representations of American masculinity, depicting transgender men set against painted backdrops of majestic natural environments.